As we saw yesterday, prayer begins with Who God is. The first phase of the Model Prayer calls us to worship God for His unique character.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:9-13)
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa 8:1)
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. (Psa 9:1-2)
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. (Psa 86:12-13)
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psa 100:3-4)
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psa 115:1-3)
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. (Psa 145:1-3)
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Prayer begins when we worship and praise God for His unique character. There is none one else like Him. He is our Father in Heaven. The opening phrase of this prayer strikes a perfect balance. He is high and exaulted – far above mankind. We approach God as a Loving Father, and as the High and Holy God in Heaven.
When we hallow His name, we worship Him for being the Person He is. As you probably noticed in the Scripture passages from the Psalms the God’s greatness should inspire worship.
- His name is excellent.
- We should praise Him with our whole heart.
- We should glorify Him for His mercy and deliverance.
- We should honor Him because He is our Creator.
- We enter His courts with praise.
- He deserves to be glorified, not us.
- We should bless Him every day.
- He is great and deserves to be greatly praised.
- We will never run out of reasons to glorify Him since His greatness is unsearchable.
What About You?
- Do you worship God for His great character?
- Do you do it regularly and consistently?